And as the national lockdown begins to ease and museums prepare to re-open, Arts Council England (ACE) has a central resource setting out government and wider support for organisations and individuals in the cultural sector. These pages are produced in consultation with DCMS and frequently updated.

In terms of guidance to help organisations plan for re-opening, at present universal government guidance is available, but ACE will expand these pages as more specific advice becomes available.

‘Waking Up’ Collections: A Post-lockdown Guide


With museum and heritage organisations necessarily closed during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown, collections are being held dormant for a significant period, increasing the risk of general deterioration caused by the environment, pollutants and pests, as well as reduced levels of preventive monitoring and control. This checklist and guide, from ICON, outlines how to address collection conservation issues that might have occurred during this time.

Museum Site Visit Checklist


This Museum Site Visit Checklist, from Museum Development East Midlands, is a template to aid museum staff and volunteers who wish to undertake regular site visits at their museum for collections care and security purposes during the current Covid-19 outbreak.

Museums Facing Closure: Legal and Ethical Issues


This resource from the Museums Association draws on research into over 20 recent museum closures in the UK, and looks to understand how the governing bodies, employees, and the individuals involved responded. It outlines the legal and ethical issues relating to museum closures.

Key worker template letter


This template letter, from Museums Galleries Scotland, provides an example of a letter that can be given to staff should they need to physically return to the museum or museum store for essential checks.

COVID-19: Cleaning and Disinfecting Historic Surfaces


Advice from Historic England on what to do if there is good reason to suspect that a symptomatic person may have touched a historic item or surface, or areas or rooms are believed to be contaminated. This web page is based on the advice from Public Health England on cleaning in non-healthcare settings.